BRITISH COLUMBIA OPEN UNIVERSITY →
BRITISH COLUMBIA OPEN UNIVERSITY →
Courses and Programs Overview The British Columbia Open University (BCOU) offers courses and programs at three levels: adult basic education, college, and university. Credentials awarded include adult secondary school completion, certificates, diplomas, associate degrees, bachelor’s degrees, and one master’s degree (doctoral degrees are not available at this time). BCOU delivers over 200 distance courses of its own. Consortium partners—Simon Fraser University (SFU), the University of British Columbia (UBC), and the University of Victoria (UVic)—deliver over 300 courses. Other courses and programs are offered in co-operation with various educational institutions, professional associations, workplaces, and community organizations.
Most universities, community colleges, provincial institutes, businesses, industries, and professional associations recognize the credits earned through BCOU courses and programs. Continuous Course Registration Most distance courses delivered by BCOU are offered on a continuous basis, so students may register throughout the year. Labs, clinicals, selected classroom offerings, and some paced courses have fixed start dates (see below). Varied Course Delivery Formats BCOU-delivered courses are offered in the following formats: • Print-based—Course is print-based. Some print- based courses may have optional Web content and/or Web interaction.
Internet access is not required to complete the course.
• Web-based—Course is Web-based. Most Web- based courses have some printed materials. All Web-based courses have mandatory Web content, and most have Web student-to-student interaction. Internet access is required to complete the course. • In Person—Course is delivered face-to-face in a classroom setting or as a lab, clinical, workshop, or fieldwork. Not all delivery formats are offered for each course. Course materials may include audiocassettes, DVDs, videos, or computer disks. Tutor Support/Contact Choice Students registered in courses delivered at a distance by BCOU receive instructional support from highly qualified tutors.
Students can communicate with their tutor by email, phone, or regular mail for most courses and also by electronic conference for paced courses. Flexible Course Scheduling Most distance courses delivered by BCOU are designed for students to complete within a specified time frame at a place and pace that suit their needs. Some print-based and Web-based courses are offered as paced where a group of students works through the course together. Courses offered as paced have specific start and end dates. Students start the course at the same time, submit assignments (and project examinations when appropriate) by specific due dates, and write their final examination at a pre-determined session.
Extensions are limited and granted only for exceptional circumstances. Professional associations recognizing credentials earned through BCOU include: Applied Science Technologists and Technicians of BC Appraisal Institute of Canada, BC Association of Administrative Assistants Association of Tourism Professionals Canadian Alliance of Physiotherapy Regulators Canadian Healthcare Association Canadian Institute of Management Canadian Payroll Association Certified General Accountants Association Certified Management Accountants Society of BC College of Dental Hygienists of BC College of Licensed Practical Nurses of BC College of Physical Therapists of BC Credit Union Institute of Canada Institute of Canadian Bankers Institute of Chartered Accountants Institute of Chartered Secretaries Association Municipal Officers’ Association Purchasing Management Association of Canada Real Estate Institute of BC Registered Nurses Association of BC BRITISH COLUMBIA OPEN UNIVERSITY 1
SERVICES FOR STUDENTS 2 WEB www.bcou.ca EMAIL firstname.lastname@example.org Educational Advising and Planning Student Services advisors can answer questions concerning prerequisites and entrance requirements to specific programs, transfer credit, challenge credit, assessment of informal credit, preliminary program planning, course sequencing, and course selection. Information is provided for students who need help with study skills or other education- related concerns. Refer to the BCOU Website or contact Student Services.
Information is provided on the BCOU Website at to help students start and continue successfully as distance learners.
A self-test is included that prospective students can take to assist in determining if distance learning fits their lifestyle. Students considering completing a program through BCOU should identify a program of interest to them and contact Student Services to: • Review and confirm educational goals. • Clarify the process for receiving credit for previous formal and non-formal learning. • Confirm how to apply for program admission. After a student has received the program admission confirmation (including evaluation details), a program advisor is available to assist with selecting courses required to complete the program.
In some cases students may use certificate, diploma, or associate degree studies toward a university degree.
Not all courses needed to complete certain programs are offered through BCOU. In many cases, students take courses at other post-secondary institutions with a Letter of Permission to complete program requirements. Degree programs offered in association with institutions outside BC may specify fees that vary according to the relationship of BCOU with a particular institution. Students completing a college-level program with BCOU are awarded an Open College credential. Students completing a university-level program with BCOU are awarded a British Columbia Open University credential.
Financial Aid and Awards BCOU’s Financial Aid and Awards service helps students access institutional and government financial assistance.
Refer to pages 15–17. Learning Evaluation and Advising Program (LEAP) BCOU’s Learning Evaluation and Advising Program (LEAP) is available for those who wish to have their previous learning evaluated and require assistance in choosing an academic program. Anyone may apply for LEAP, including students of BCOU and other post-secondary institutions as well as those considering a return to school. LEAP is designed to help people from various backgrounds choose an academic path.
Applicants submit documentation of their previous learning for examination by a BCOU program advisor. As LEAP is not a BCOU credential, applicants do not receive a certificate. Applicants receive a report outlining any potential transfer credit to BCOU and suggesting options for reaching their academic goal(s). The LEAP report provides applicants with a preliminary assessment of their past learning, an estimate of the number of credits for any completed coursework, and options for best reaching their academic goals, based on their past experience and education.
LEAP applicants are not obligated to follow one of the academic programs suggested on the report.
The LEAP report is used as a guide for those uncertain about how to reach their academic goals. Applicants are required to submit the LEAP application form with the LEAP fee and their educational documents to BCOU Admissions. The LEAP application form is available on the BCOU Website and from Student Services. Applicants should receive their LEAP reports approximately two to four weeks from the date that BCOU receives all required documentation. If a LEAP applicant applies to a BCOU program within six months from the date of the LEAP report, the LEAP fee is deducted from their program plan fee.
For more information, refer to the BCOU Website or contact Student Services. First Nations Learning Centres In its commitment to First Nations learners, BCOU has assisted in establishing community-based First Nations Learning Centres across the province. At these centres, First Nations students learn at their own pace in a setting that is in tune with their culture and their own communities. BCOU’s partner First Nations Learning Centres offer Adult Basic Education (ABE) upgrading courses and programs, business and other college courses, and some university-level courses.
SERVICES FOR STUDENTS 3 PHONE 604.431.3300 1.800.663.9711 Proficiency in English Requirements Students are required to have proficiency in English suitable for the course level.
• BCOU’s college and university courses require post-secondary English reading and writing skills. • Students registering for courses that do not specify prerequisites beyond English 12 should have sufficient English proficiency if they meet one of the following requirements (provided as a guideline): Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) Computer Based Test (CBT) with a minimum score of 250 (600 on the paper-based test), or TOEFL CBT with a minimum score of 230 (570 on the paper-based test) and a minimum essay (TWE) score of 4.5, or Language Proficiency Index (LPI) Level 5 with a minimum score of 30/40 on the essay section, or International English Language Testing System (IELTS) with a minimum score of 6.5.
Students who have not obtained the required proficiency in English for the course level should discuss their plans with a Student Services advisor before registering.
English and Mathematics Assessments For students wanting to upgrade their English or mathematics skills, there are voluntary assessments available to help determine skill levels. • The English Language and Writing Assessment can help students choose an English course at the level best suited to their needs. Students who have been away from formal studies for some time are encouraged to make use of an English assessment. This assessment is available only to students residing in Canada. • An English assessment with First Nations content is available for First Nations students. • The Mathematics Self-Assessment helps students select a mathematics course at the correct level.
To order an assessment, contact Student Services. Language Proficiency Index (LPI) Score and Required Level of Study LPI score levels and the corresponding levels of college-level and university-level English recommended are listed below. Level 6 Enrol in first-year university course, e.g., ENGL 100 or 102, or college-level ENGL 107 if suitable for student’s goals. Level 5 (with minimum score of 30/40 on essay section) Enrol in first-year university course, e.g., ENGL 100 or 102, or college-level course suitable for student’s goals.
Level 4 Enrol in college-level ENGL 106 or (ABE) ENGL 030.
Level 3 and Below Remedial English is required—discuss level with a Student Services or program advisor. Language Testing Resources LPI, a provincially recognized assessment, is available for a fee from UBC’s Applied Research and Evaluation Services. Phone 604.822.4145 or refer to the UBC Website at . More information about English language testing is provided on the following Websites: • www.ielts.org • www.toefl.org Notice to Students Most courses and programs offered by BCOU have Canadian content. Though some select courses may be offered in other languages, the language of business at BCOU is English, and therefore services are provided in English.
BCOU will assist students with any questions or problems that may arise concerning the interpretation of academic regulations. It is, however, the responsibility of students to ensure that their academic programs meet the regulations of a particular institution in all respects.
SERVICES FOR STUDENTS 4 WEB www.bcou.ca EMAIL email@example.com SERVICES FOR STUDENTS Disability Services Office Students with a disability can contact the Disability Services Office (DSO) to discuss available services. Services provided by DSO may include: • Course material and BCOU publications in alternative formats, e.g., electronic or large print • Referrals for adaptive technology and equipment • Special arrangements and modification for examinations (refer to the policy on page 27) • Advice on specialized tutoring, depending on eligibility • Disability-related general guidance and support Adaptive equipment or materials take time to arrange.
Therefore, students are advised to indicate their intention to register a minimum of ten weeks before their intended course start date. Verification of disability is required to receive services from DSO. The types of services available may be different for students residing outside British Columbia and for students taking courses delivered by SFU, UBC, or UVic.
Students requiring services should self-identify at the time of course registration or program admission or contact DSO. ■ Disability Services Office (DSO) firstname.lastname@example.org 604.431.3043 or 1.800.663.1663, ext. 3043 (toll-free in Canada) Student Library Services Library and information services are provided to all students currently registered in courses delivered by BCOU. Services are accessible via the Web, by phone, fax, email, regular mail, and in person at the BCOU Library, 4355 Mathissi Place, Burnaby, BC. Electronic, print, and video resources are available through the BCOU Library. Some of the core services provided to students include: • Access to skilled librarians who provide research assistance • Database searching assistance • Access to electronic full-text and citation databases • Access to BCOU’s library collection • Access to SFU’s collection of books and periodicals • Access to the resources of other libraries through interlibrary loan • Study skills resources • Delivery of non-returnable items to any location • Delivery of returnable items to many locations (some restrictions apply; contact the library for information) • Toll-free phone access for students residing in Canada • Library cards for local libraries by request Students registered in courses delivered by SFU, UBC, or UVic acquire library services through the institution delivering the course.
Students are responsible for all charges associated with overdue or lost library materials. Official transcripts are withheld until charges are cleared. ■ BCOU Library http://library.bcou.ca email@example.com 604.431.3403 or 1.800.663.1699 (toll-free in Canada) Fax 604.431.3362
ADMISSION 5 PHONE 604.431.3300 1.800.663.9711 Open Admission All persons are eligible for general admission to BCOU and can apply for registration in courses and admission to programs. Differential fees and services may apply to applicants who are not permanent residents of British Columbia.
Applicants do not require a specific grade point average (GPA) and are not required to submit transcripts from secondary school to be admitted to BCOU and to register in courses. Permanent Residents of British Columbia A permanent resident of British Columbia is defined as a person who resides in British Columbia and possesses Canadian citizenship or permanent resident (landed immigrant) status. International Students An international student is defined as a person (a) who does not possess Canadian citizenship, or (b) who is not classified as a permanent resident of Canada under Canadian immigration regulations.
Non-Canadian students who are temporarily resident in Canada are eligible to enrol in courses and programs provided all Employment and Immigration Canada regulations have been fulfilled. Categories include but are not limited to those on a student, visitor, or work authorization visa. Non-Canadian students who are currently enrolled at another post-secondary institution in Canada are eligible to take courses, but are not eligible to enrol in programs unless the program is offered in partnership with the institution they are attending. Normally, BCOU coursework cannot be used to establish or extend a student authorization (student visa).
Requirements • Applicants to specific programs are required to fulfill program admission requirements. • Applicants registering in courses must declare that they have the required course prerequisites. Students who provide a false declaration may be subject to penalties under the student conduct policy (refer to pages 18–20). • Applicants must have proficiency in English at a level suitable to the course or program of study for which they are applying. University-level courses require English proficiency equivalent to Grade 12 English or higher. While most BCOU courses and programs do not require any particular English proficiency tests, prospective students who have English as a second language may be asked to provide information concerning their proficiency in English (refer to page 3).
Admission to a Program Students who plan to complete a credential with BCOU must complete and submit the BCOU Program Admission/Transfer Credit form, provided at the end of this calendar and on the BCOU Website. Students may also apply for program admission on the Post-secondary Application Service of BC (PASBC) Website at . Students who have taken only courses previously with BCOU and now want to complete a program must apply for program admission. Where BCOU offers degree programs in association with institutions outside BC, fees may vary according to BCOU’s relationship with a particular institution.
Transferring Credit from Other Institutions Students who want to apply to receive formal transfer credit for courses and programs completed elsewhere should follow these procedures: • Identify the BCOU program to be completed. Applicants unsure about program choices may want to consider BCOU’s Learning Evaluation and Advising Program (LEAP) (refer to page 2). • Read all the rules and regulations pertaining to transfer credit and admission requirements of the selected program.
• Apply for program admission by completing and submitting the Program Admission/Transfer Credit form, with the program plan fee and transfer credit assessment fee. • Arrange to have official transcripts from all post-secondary institutions attended sent directly to BCOU Admissions by the registrar’s office of the post-secondary institution(s) where the program or courses were completed. Documents from outside Canada may need to be evaluated by an accredited international credential evaluation service such as .
• Provide additional supporting documentation with the application, particularly if the coursework is over seven years old or if the course(s) were completed outside BC.
BCOU begins the assessment of formal education on receipt of all three of the following: (1) completed Program Admission/Transfer Credit form; (2) full payment of the program plan fee and assessment of transfer credit fee; and (3) official transcripts of all post-secondary studies. Results of the assessment and outline of a program plan are sent to students.
ADMISSION 6 WEB www.bcou.ca EMAIL firstname.lastname@example.org Program Plans A program plan is the record of a student’s progress toward a credential (certificate, diploma, degree). Upon application to a program, a program plan is prepared by a BCOU academic program advisor when the applicant’s official transcripts and applicable fees have been received and transfer credits have been assessed (minimum of four weeks is required for processing). Students pay a fee for each program plan prepared (refer to page 12). A program plan shows the following: (1) requirements for the program; (2) student’s transfer credit; and (3) remaining credits required for program completion.
Remaining credits may be earned through coursework or prior learning assessment and recognition (PLAR) (by course challenge or portfolio assessment) or a combination of both. Students should consult with their program advisor prior to registering in a course to ensure that the course satisfies program requirements. Students registering in courses without prior approval from an advisor bear the responsibility for taking courses that may not be applicable to program requirements. Students admitted to a BCOU program who plan to take a course from an institution other than BCOU must first apply for a Letter of Permission.
One Letter of Permission per semester, per institution is required for such courses. Students who do not obtain a Letter of Permission risk taking a course that may not be transferable as suitable credit to their BCOU program and are required to pay the transfer credit fee.
To have their program plan updated, students are responsible for notifying their program advisor that additional courses have been completed and final grades assigned. For courses taken through the Letter of Permission process, the program plan is updated when BCOU receives official transcripts detailing course completion from the external institution. Students are responsible for ordering these transcripts. Students wanting to change to a different program must consult with their program advisor. Intention to change programs must be confirmed in writing (email is acceptable). Upon written confirmation, a program plan for the new program is prepared.
A fee is charged for a program plan change (refer to page 12).
Prior Learning Assessment and Recognition (PLAR) Students who have been admitted to or who plan to apply for admission to a BCOU program may be eligible for credit based on an assessment of their non-formal or prior learning. PLAR credit may be used to complete their credential. Prior learning includes the skills and knowledge gained through learning experiences such as industry-based training, professional development workshops and seminars, private study, and work experience. (Students who have completed formal courses and programs must apply for transfer credit assessment before having their non-formal learning assessed.) Normally, BCOU assesses prior learning in one of two ways—challenge examination or prior learning assessment portfolio.
Challenge Examination Students may write one or more challenge examinations to demonstrate knowledge of the content of a particular BCOU course or of a first language (refer to page 190). The amount of credit awarded is the same as completing the course as a registered student. Students are required to register in the course and pay the course tuition and course administration fees in order to write a course challenge examination. Contact Student Services for more information. Prior Learning Assessment Portfolio Students demonstrate that their prior learning has provided them with a series of “competencies” (such as communication abilities or problem- solving abilities) that are critical for success in completion of a degree.
Students are required to prepare and submit a learning portfolio with written documents and other materials (e.g., videos, compact discs) and may be required to have an oral interview.
The non-refundable PLAR fee is required in advance. Note PLAR portfolio assessment varies by program area. Details are provided by each program area. Normally, PLAR credit awarded by BCOU toward a BCOU credential cannot be transferred to other post-secondary institutions. PLAR credit may not be accepted for admission to post-degree programs. Students are advised to confirm the transferability and acceptance of PLAR credit to another institution prior to applying for PLAR. Refer to PLAR policies on pages 22–23 and to the PLAR Website at .
ADMISSION 7 PHONE 604.431.3300 1.800.663.9711 Transferring Credit to Other Institutions BC’s post-secondary education system has a well-established transfer credit system, particularly designed for students planning to take individual courses or a partial university program through a community college or university college.
Students planning to register in BCOU’s college or university courses and planning to complete a program offered by another institution are advised to refer to that institution’s admission information to determine initial program requirements. Transfer information is available in the Online Transfer Guide on the Web at .
Courses listed in this calendar delivered by Simon Fraser University (SFU), the University of British Columbia (UBC), or the University of Victoria (UVic) are BCOU university-level courses for which students receive BCOU credit. Students are responsible to be aware of transfer credit policies prior to registration for courses they plan to transfer to other institutions. SFU, UBC, UVic Transfer Credit Students are advised that registration through BCOU in courses delivered by SFU, UBC, or UVic may not automatically be accepted for transfer credit to a specific program of studies by the institution delivering the course.
Students planning to take courses through BCOU and then transfer the credit to another institution should consult the Online Transfer Guide.
Students should note that registration through BCOU in courses delivered by SFU, UBC, or UVic does not mean they are admitted to the institution delivering the course. Students are advised to refer to the individual institution’s admission policies. Refer to pages 191–193 for contact information. Visiting Students Visiting students planning to take courses through BCOU for transfer to another institution can register in courses without submitting transcripts. Although a Letter of Permission is not required by BCOU, BCOU recommends that students obtain one from their home institution to ensure that the course(s) selected applies to their program of study.
Registering Only for Courses Students who are not intending to complete a BCOU post-secondary credential may register directly for most courses. Refer to pages 8–14. Advanced Placement Advanced Placement is a program of college-level courses and examinations, administered by the College Entrance Examination Board in New York, with a Canadian office in Kelowna, BC. Unless otherwise specified, BCOU requires that students have a minimum grade of 3.0 in the Advanced Placement program to receive transfer credit. International Baccalaureate The International Baccalaureate program, sponsored by a Swiss foundation in Geneva, is a comprehensive curriculum, including languages, science, mathematics, and humanities.
Unless otherwise specified, BCOU requires that students have a minimum grade of 4.0 in the International Baccalaureate program to receive transfer credit. More Information For more information, refer to the Online Transfer Guide on the Web at .
About Distance Education Information is provided on the BCOU Website at to help students start and continue successfully as distance learners. A self-test is included to assist prospective students in determining whether distance learning fits their lifestyle.
REGISTRATION 8 WEB www.bcou.ca EMAIL email@example.com BCOU-Delivered Distance Courses Most BCOU-delivered distance courses are offered on a continuous basis, so students may register throughout the year. Labs, clinicals, selected classroom offerings, and some Web-based, paced courses have fixed start dates.
For information about course availability, refer to the BCOU Website or contact Student Services. BCOU courses that have rental materials (equipment and videos) are not available to students residing outside Canada. Course Prerequisites Course prerequisites are specified in the course descriptions in this calendar and on the BCOU Website. Students are not required to submit transcripts in order to register in a course that has prerequisites.
Students may be required to provide proof of English proficiency appropriate to their level of study. It is assumed that students have Grade 12 English or equivalent for courses requiring no formal prerequisites. Refer to page 3 for more information on the English proficiency requirement. When registering for courses, students are required to declare that they have met the formal or equivalent prerequisites. Students who provide a false declaration may be subject to penalties under the student conduct policy (refer to pages 18–20). Credit Courses Credit courses require that students complete all mandatory coursework, including assignments and the final examination or project.
Full tutorial support throughout the duration of the course is provided for all credit courses.
Credit-free Courses Some courses offer a credit-free option. Students complete coursework, including assignments, with full tutorial support but are not required to write the final examination. Refer to the policy on page 23. Contact Student Services for more information. Course Packages BCOU course packages include all the required texts and course materials unless otherwise noted. Students also receive information about their course tutor. Tutors contact students registered in courses, or students may choose to contact their tutor first.
Students normally receive their course package by courier within two weeks of registering in BCOU’s courses with continuous registration.
For courses with fixed start dates, students normally receive their packages by courier no later than two weeks before the course start date. Completion of Courses with Continuous Registration Completion of BCOU-delivered courses with continuous registration (e.g., do not have fixed start dates) is as follows: • Most three-credit distance courses are designed to be completed within a four-month period, based on twelve to fifteen hours of study time per week.
• The maximum course completion time for these courses is thirty weeks from the date of registration. As many courses are self-paced, students may choose to complete a course in less than the allowed maximum time. BCOU’s most successful students complete continuous-registration three-credit courses in four months or less. • To achieve the learning outcomes and to prepare for the final examination, it is recommended that students in BCOU-delivered courses complete their assignments in order and submit them to their tutor as they complete them (several weeks before the final examination). • By choosing an early examination session, students may complete a course in less than thirty weeks.
Students may usually choose from six examination sessions over the thirty-week period from the date of registration. This schedule is included in the student’s confirmation of registration package. Note Full-time financial aid students should refer to their Study Contract for course completion deadlines.
LEAP BCOU’s Learning Evaluation and Advising Program (LEAP) is available for those who wish to have their previous learning informally evaluated and require assistance in choosing an academic program. Refer to page 2 or the BCOU Website for more information.
REGISTRATION 9 PHONE 604.431.3300 1.800.663.9711 Examinations The final examination for a BCOU self-paced, independent-study course is either a supervised written examination held in a BCOU examination centre in BC or other supervised location arranged by the student, or a project examination normally completed at the student’s residence.
Information is provided in the course package and in the detailed course descriptions on the BCOU Website. Instructions for applying to write examinations are in a student’s confirmation of registration package, in the BCOU Student Handbook, and on the BCOU Website.
Refer to examination policies on pages 27–28. Registration Cancellation, Withdrawal, Extension, Repeat Registration Refer to policies on pages 23–26. Transcripts After completing a course, students automatically receive one unofficial transcript with their grade. BCOU students may order official transcripts on the BCOU Website at or complete and submit the Transcript Request form, available on the BCOU Website, in the BCOU Student Handbook, and from Student Services. Non-Tuition Course Costs Texts and Course Materials The cost of texts and course materials varies by course and is part of the total course fee due and payable to BCOU at the time of registration.
BCOU Course Materials Shipping Costs • Within Canada: No charge • To the United States: $30 CDN • Outside Canada (excluding US): $100 CDN Rented Materials Courses that have specified returnable materials (e.g., equipment and videos) require a deposit to be paid at registration. The deposit is refunded (less the rental fee and any deduction for damaged or missing items) on return of the materials in good condition in the original packing. Materials for which students have paid a deposit remain the property of BCOU. Students who fail to return rented materials do not receive the deposit refund.
Long-distance Phone Charges Students residing in Canada may access phone services toll-free, including tutorial services, educational advising, registration, records, examinations, library, disability services, and technical support.
Students residing outside Canada are required to pay for all long-distance phone charges for the above services, technical support and administrative services, and mandatory teleconferences in courses. PLAR Candidates Candidates for PLAR (prior learning assessment and recognition) are responsible for all costs associated with the PLAR process. Refer to PLAR policies on pages 22–23. Postage All students in all distance courses are responsible for the cost of mailing assignments for grading. Library Services Some courses require students to access BCOU’s Library services. Refer to page 4 for applicable costs.
■ Refer to page 12 for tuition and fees information. ■ Refer to page 14 for information on how to register. BCOU Supervised Examinations Examination Session Application Deadline September 11–14, 2004 August 11, 2004 October 16–19, 2004 September 16, 2004 November 13–16, 2004 October 13, 2004 December 4–7, 2004 November 4, 2004 January 15–18, 2005 December 15, 2004 February 12–15, 2005 January 12, 2005 March 12–15, 2005 February 12, 2005 April 9–12, 2005 March 9, 2005 May 7–10, 2005 April 7, 2005 June 11–14, 2005 May 11, 2005 July 9–12, 2005 June 9, 2005 August 13–16, 2005 July 13, 2005 September 10–13, 2005 August 10, 2005
REGISTRATION 10 WEB www.bcou.ca EMAIL firstname.lastname@example.org Distance Courses Delivered by SFU, UBC, UVic English Proficiency, Prerequisites Declaration Students may be required to provide proof of English proficiency appropriate to their level of study. It is assumed that students have Grade 12 English or equivalent for courses requiring no formal prerequisites. Refer to page 3 for more information on the English proficiency requirement. When registering for courses, students are required to declare that they have met the formal or equivalent prerequisites. Students who provide a false declaration may be subject to penalties under the student conduct policy (refer to pages 18–20).
Examinations Examinations are arranged by each institution. Refer to examination policies on pages 28–29. Registration Cancellation, Withdrawal, Extension, Repeat Registration Refer to policies on pages 24–26. Postage All students in all distance courses are responsible for the cost of mailing assignments for grading. Transcripts After completing a course, students automatically receive one unofficial transcript with their grade. Students may order official transcripts on the BCOU Website at or complete and submit the Transcript Request form, available on the BCOU Website and from Student Services.
■ Refer to page 13 for tuition and fees information. ■ Refer to page 14 for information on how to register. SFU-Delivered Distance Courses Deadlines, Prerequisites, Completion Courses are offered in September, January, and May. Not all courses are offered every semester. Course registration deadlines apply. Deadlines are specified on the BCOU Website “Register Now” system and are available from BCOU Student Services. Space is limited and early registration is advised. Prerequisites are specified in the course descriptions in this calendar and on the BCOU Website. Detailed course descriptions are provided on the SFU Website.
Students are not required to submit transcripts to register in a course with prerequisites. When registering for courses, students are required to declare that they have met the formal or equivalent prerequisites.
Students are sent a letter by BCOU confirming course registration. SFU provides course packages, which include all the required texts, course materials, and instructions on how to proceed. Additional research materials are available through SFU’s Library. Students are required to complete the course in thirteen weeks from the course start date (normally the first Monday in September, January, or May) and submit assignments according to established timelines. Course completion times are given in the course descriptions. Many courses have supervised mid-term examinations. Final examinations are scheduled on specific dates in weeks fourteen or fifteen and are arranged by SFU (refer to page 28).
Those wanting to audit a course delivered by SFU should contact SFU directly.
Students residing outside Canada who are interested in registering in SFU-delivered courses through BCOU are considered on an individual basis. Contact SFU’s Centre for Distance Education (CDE) for more details (refer to page 191). Non-Tuition Course Costs The cost of texts and course materials varies by course and is part of the total course fee due and payable to BCOU at the time of registration. Students receive required texts with course packages. Other texts are available at the SFU Bookstore. A damage deposit is charged for some courses for materials (audio and videotapes and/or copyrighted material) that are required to be returned at the end of the semester.
The deposit is refunded, providing materials are returned in good, unmarked condition by the deadline stated in the course package.
Information about long-distance phone charges is provided in the course package. SFU, UBC, UVic Transfer Credit Students should note that registration in a course delivered by SFU, UBC, or UVic does not mean a student is admitted to that institution. Students are advised to refer to the individual institution’s admission policies.
REGISTRATION 11 PHONE 604.431.3300 1.800.663.9711 UBC-Delivered Distance Courses Deadlines, Prerequisites, Completion Most courses are offered three times a year, usually in September, January, and May. Some are available only once or twice a year.
Course registration deadlines apply. Deadlines are specified on the BCOU Website “Register Now” system and are available from BCOU Student Services. Space is limited and early registration is advised. Prerequisites are specified in the course descriptions in this calendar and on the BCOU Website. Detailed course descriptions are provided on the UBC Website. Students are not required to submit transcripts to register in a course with prerequisites. When registering for courses, students are required to declare that they have met the formal or equivalent prerequisites.
Students are sent a letter by BCOU confirming course registration. UBC provides course packages, which may include a book order form to purchase texts from the UBC Bookstore. Additional research materials are available through UBC’s Library. Courses are of variable lengths. A schedule for course completion is included in the course package or provided on the UBC courses Website, together with timelines for submitting assignments. Course completion times are given in the course descriptions. Examinations are arranged by UBC (refer to page 28). Examination information with application deadlines is provided on the UBC Website at .
Those wanting to audit a course delivered by UBC should contact UBC directly. Some distance courses delivered by UBC are available to students residing outside Canada. Information is provided in UBC’s DE&T Learner’s Guide. Some courses delivered by UBC include face-to-face lab components, which may require travel to a designated site. Details are available from UBC’s Distance Education and Technology (DE&T) Office (refer to page 192). Non-Tuition Course Costs Students are responsible for purchasing the required texts. Ordering information is included in UBC course packages. Texts are available at the UBC Bookstore.
Information about long-distance phone charges, loans of materials, and costs for materials that are not returned is provided in UBC’s DE&T Learner’s Guide. UVic-Delivered Distance Courses Deadlines, Prerequisites, Completion Course start dates are specific to the program area offering the course. Course start dates are given in the course descriptions. If none is listed, contact the UVic program area (refer to page 193). Course registration deadlines apply. Deadlines are specified on the BCOU Website “Register Now” system and are available from BCOU Student Services. Space is limited and early registration is advised.
Prerequisites are specified in the course descriptions in this calendar and on the BCOU Website. Students are not required to submit transcripts to register in a course with prerequisites. When registering for courses, students are required to declare that they have met the formal or equivalent prerequisites.
Students are sent a letter by BCOU confirming course registration. Registered students receive instructions by mail about purchasing texts and course materials from the UVic Bookstore and accessing library resources. Course completion times are given in the course descriptions. If none is listed, contact the specific UVic program area. Examinations are arranged by UVic (refer to page 29). Those wanting to audit a course delivered by UVic should contact UVic directly. Some distance courses delivered by UVic are available to students residing outside Canada. Contact the UVic program area for more details.
Some courses delivered by UVic include face-to-face lab, classroom, or field-trip components, which may require travel to UVic or a designated site. Contact the UVic program area for more details. Non-Tuition Course Costs Students are responsible for purchasing the required texts for most courses. Specific program areas mail instructions to registered students on how to purchase course materials. Texts are available at the UVic Bookstore. Information about long-distance phone charges and loans of materials is provided by the specific program area at UVic (refer to page 193).
Note to Canadian Citizens Residing outside Canada All students residing outside Canada pay the international tuition rate when they register online for courses. Canadian citizens and permanent residents of Canada (landed immigrants) will be reimbursed a portion of their tuition on submission of proof of Canadian citizenship. With the reimbursement, tuition paid is equal to tuition for permanent residents of Canada residing outside British Columbia (non-BC Canadian). To apply for reimbursement, students are required to submit a request in writing to the BCOU Office of the Registrar, accompanied by a photocopy of their birth certificate, passport, or citizenship certificate as proof of Canadian citizenship.
Students may submit requests by mail to the BCOU Office of the Registrar, Box 82080, Burnaby, BC V5C 6J8, Canada, or by fax to 604.431.3444. REGISTRATION 12 WEB www.bcou.ca EMAIL email@example.com BCOU-Delivered Distance Courses Permanent Residents of BC High-school Completion (ABE) Courses $0 tuition + $70 course administration fee + texts + course materials College and University Courses $85 tuition per credit + $70 course administration fee + texts + course materials Seniors (65 years +) $21.25 tuition per credit + $70 course administration fee + texts + course materials Permanent Residents of Canada, Residing outside BC High-school Completion (ABE) Courses $85 tuition + $75 non-BC-resident fee + $70 course administration fee + texts + course materials College and University Courses $85 tuition per credit + $75 non-BC-resident fee + $70 course administration fee + texts + course materials International Students High-school Completion (ABE) Courses $255 tuition + $70 course administration fee + texts + course materials College and University Courses $255 tuition per credit + $70 course administration fee + texts + course materials • A permanent resident of BC is defined as a person who resides in BC and possesses Canadian citizenship or permanent resident (landed immigrant) status.
• A permanent resident of Canada residing outside BC is defined as a person who resides outside BC and possesses Canadian citizenship or permanent resident (landed immigrant) status. • An international student is defined as a person (a) who does not possess Canadian citizenship, or (b) who is not classified as a permanent resident of Canada under Canadian immigration regulations. Credit-free Courses Applicable tuition per credit + $70 course administration fee + texts + course materials Course Extensions—All Students $80 per course (not all courses are eligible for extension) Program Plans $50 per certificate program plan $50 per diploma/associate degree program plan $125 per bachelor’s degree program plan Re-assessments (Program Plan Change) $50 per program Repeat Registrations Refer to policy on page 24.
Formal Grade Appeals—All Students $100 per course. Refer to policy on pages 30–31. Transfer Credit Assessments $40 BC documents only $75 Non-BC documents or combined Course Materials Return: Restocking Fee $25 per return instance. Refer to policy on pages 24–25. • Fees are subject to change without notice. • Yukon residents pay the same tuition as BC residents. • Some courses and programs delivered by BCOU are subject to alternate fee schedules.
• The course administration fee is non-refundable when students cancel their registration or withdraw from a course. • Refer to individual course descriptions on the BCOU Website to determine course prices, or contact Student Services. Tuition and Fees
REGISTRATION 13 PHONE 604.431.3300 1.800.663.9711 SFU-Delivered Distance Courses Permanent Residents of BC Permanent Residents of Canada, Residing outside BC $142.30 tuition per credit + $70 course administration fee + texts + course materials Seniors (60 years +) $0 tuition + $70 course administration fee + texts + course materials International Students $475.70 tuition per credit + $70 course administration fee + texts + course materials UBC-Delivered Distance Courses Permanent Residents of BC Permanent Residents of Canada, Residing outside BC $133.70 or $148.90 tuition per credit + $80 course administration fee + texts (purchased separately) + course materials.
Tuition varies by the program. Refer to the BCOU Website.
Seniors (60 years +) $0 tuition + $80 course administration fee + texts + course materials International Students $516 or $542 tuition per credit + $80 course administration fee + texts + course materials UVic-Delivered Distance Courses Permanent Residents of BC Permanent Residents of Canada, Residing outside BC $141.30 tuition per credit + $35 course administration fee (varies by course) + texts + course materials Seniors No reduced fees International Students $416.50 tuition per credit + $35 course administration fee (varies by course) + texts + course materials • Fees are subject to change without notice.
• The course administration fee is non-refundable when students cancel their registration or withdraw from a course.
• For information on auditing courses, contact SFU. Refer to page 191 for contact information. • Fees are subject to change without notice. • The course administration fee is non-refundable when students cancel their registration or withdraw from a course. • For information on auditing courses, contact UBC. Refer to page 192 for contact information. • Fees are subject to change without notice. • The course administration fee is non-refundable when students cancel their registration or withdraw from a course.
• For information on auditing courses, contact UVic. Refer to page 193 for contact information.
• Fees listed do not apply to all courses. Refer to the BCOU Website. • Note: 3 BCOU credits = 1.5 UVic units. • All fees are payable with course registrations and other requested services and are required to be paid to the British Columbia Open University in Canadian funds in the manner and by the dates prescribed. Cheques are to be drawn on Canadian financial institutions. • The board of the British Columbia Open University reserves the right to change tuition fees, and the president of the Open Learning Agency reserves the right to change all other fees without prior notice. • In the event of any indebtedness to BCOU, any fees paid are first applied to the removal of the debt.
• No official transcripts, certificates, diplomas, or degrees are issued to a student in debt to the British Columbia Open University except by the approval of the board, nor is the student permitted to repeat a registration, obtain a course extension, or write an examination until all indebtedness is removed.
REGISTRATION 14 WEB www.bcou.ca EMAIL firstname.lastname@example.org How to Register To register, applicants should: 1. Select course(s) and confirm course availability by referring to the BCOU Website or by contacting Student Services. 2. Ensure that course prerequisites (outlined in the course descriptions in this calendar and on the BCOU Website) are met and declare when registering that the necessary prerequisites have been met. 3. Confirm access to equipment required (such as to the Internet for a Web-based course). Required equipment is noted in the course descriptions in this calendar and on the BCOU Website.
4. Be aware of the application deadline and the course start date, especially if the course is delivered by SFU, UBC, or UVic.
5. Disclose a disability when registering if special arrangements are required and submit a written request, including relevant medical documentation, a minimum of ten weeks prior to the course start date. 6. Select one of the methods of payment listed. • Registrations are not processed until all course fees have been received. • Payment is deposited on receipt. • Payment is refunded for registrations not processed. ■ The Course Registration form is provided at the end of this calendar and on the BCOU Website. Register Online www.bcou.ca With Visa, MasterCard, or approved student loan Use the “Register Now” system on the BCOU Website to register quickly and conveniently.
Register by Phone 604.431.3300 1.800.663.9711 (toll-free in Canada) With Visa or MasterCard Phone Student Services, with course details and credit card information, on any weekday from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. (Pacific Time); closed on statutory holidays. Register by Fax 604.431.3444 With Visa or MasterCard Fax both sides of the completed Course Registration form to Student Services (do not mail the original Course Registration form when it is sent by fax). Register by Mail British Columbia Open University Student Services Box 82080 Burnaby, BC V5C 6J8 Canada With Visa, MasterCard, cheque, or money order Mail the completed Course Registration form with full fee payment to Student Services.
Cheque or money order is payable to the British Columbia Open University.
With student loan or grant Mail the completed Course Registration form with a completed Part-time Student Assistance Application form or a completed Full-time Fee Deferral Request form. Tax Receipts T2202A receipts are issued only to students taking courses at the post-secondary level. BCOU provides official receipts (T2202A: Tuition and Education Credit Certificate) for income tax purposes in February of each year for the previous calendar year. BCOU provides tax receipts to students with a Canadian address and to students who are permanent residents of Canada with a temporary address outside Canada.
Tuition fees for courses spanning one calendar year to the next are prorated to each applicable year. For example, a course with a four-month completion time starting in November is recorded fifty per cent on the tax receipt for the year when the course started and fifty per cent on the receipt for the following year. For information about income tax regulations, refer to the Canada Revenue Agency Website at .
FINANCIAL AID AND AWARDS 15 PHONE 604.431.3300 1.800.663.9711 Applying for Financial Assistance For part-time or full-time application forms and information, contact Student Services.
• Applicants may submit part-time application forms (originals only) to the BCOU Financial Aid and Awards office. • Applicants may submit full-time application forms online at or paper forms to the Ministry of Advanced Education. • Students making up a full-time course load from more than one institution (split-enrolled) are to inform each institution’s financial aid office before registering.
Residency Requirements Currently, only Canadian citizens and permanent residents (landed immigrants) are eligible to apply for assistance. Full-time Assistance The Canada Student Loans Program defines a student’s province of residence for the purposes of full-time assistance as the last province lived in for twelve consecutive months as a non full-time student, or if the student has immigrated within the last year, the province in which they landed. Canadian citizens or permanent residents (landed immigrants) who do not qualify as residents of BC may apply for full-time government loans and grants through the province of which they are considered to be residents.
If the student’s chosen program of study is available at institutions in their province of residence, the student may not be eligible for provincial loans and grants through some provinces while studying in BC. Part-time Assistance Applicants must be resident in BC at the time of application to receive part-time assistance through BCOU. For students not residing in BC, the Part-time Canada Study Grant (CSG) can be applied for directly through the government in the province in which the student is residing. Part-time Bursaries and Grants (non-repayable aid) The Part-time Student Assistance Application form is provided on the BCOU Website and is available from the Financial Aid and Awards office.
Up to four weeks is required to process the application. The programs listed in this section pay for all direct educational costs, including tuition, course administration fee, and required textbooks, as well as supplies, a small miscellaneous living allowance, and some childcare when applicable.
Upon approval of a bursary or grant application, the student is registered in the requested course(s), or, if already registered, is reimbursed by cheque or credit card refund. Bursaries and grants are available to applicants who demonstrate financial need (according to the formula used by the BC Student Assistance Program) and, for the Canada Study Grant only, are unable to study full-time or to fund part-time study through employment. Applicants must be in good standing with any previous Canada or BC student loans.
Adult Basic Education Student Assistance Program (ABESAP) This provincial grant program provides funding to students registered in Adult Basic Education courses; Grade 10, 11, or 12 completion; ESL (English as a second language); or Basic Literacy.
Canada Study Grant for High-Need Students This federal grant program (CSG) provides funding to students registered in qualifying post-secondary courses who are pursuing a certificate, diploma, or degree. Applicants are required to have primary responsibility for dependents, have a disability, or be otherwise unable to study full-time. The maximum funding per student per program year (August 1 to July 31) is $1,200. Erm Fiorillo-Hal Davis CKNW Orphans’ Fund Endowment Fund Established by the CKNW Orphans’ Fund, this endowment provides funding to students who are single parents. Preference is given to those not already receiving funding through other programs and who have not previously completed a post-secondary program of study.
Barbara Guttmann-Gee Bursary Endowment Fund Established by BCOU 1991 graduate Barbara Guttmann-Gee, this endowment provides funding to women students. Preference is given to older women in financial need.
Comprehensive Financial Planning for Education Funded by the BC Ministry of Advanced Education, this resource provides “hands-on” opportunities to explore financial planning through a series of learner-oriented modules. It is available on the Web at .
FINANCIAL AID AND AWARDS 16 WEB www.bcou.ca EMAIL email@example.com BCOU Bursary Endowment Fund This endowment gives preference to candidates who do not have access to other sources of financial aid and those pursuing a BCOU credential. Full-time Student Loans and Grants Students may apply for the BC Student Assistance Program (BCSAP) online at or may use a paper application, which must be submitted a minimum of fours weeks before the funding is required.
Students may check their loan application status online at .
BC Student Assistance Program (BCSAP) This program provides Canada student loans and BC student loans to BC residents who demonstrate financial need and who are enrolled full-time in post-secondary programs. The maximum award for both educational and living costs is $275 per week for eligible students without dependents and $435 per week for eligible students with dependents. To be considered a full-time student under the BCSAP, it is necessary to register in and complete a minimum course load of nine new credits per four-month loan period. (Repeat registrations can only be used when no assignments were passed in the previous registration.) For distance education students this is a shorter completion schedule than BCOU imposes.
This can be a challenge for students unfamiliar with studying at home, and it is recommended that new BCOU students begin with part-time study or that they familiarize themselves with the new method of study before taking out loans. Information about taking distance courses is provided on the BCOU Website at to help students start and continue successfully as distance learners.
Much of the flexibility of open learning is lost when applying for full-time government student loans. There are six distance education loan periods, each four months long, which start on January 10, March 10, May 10, July 10, September 10, and November 10. Students are required to register in a full-time course load within the month prior to the start date of each period (e.g., register in August for a September start). Any continuous registrations received after the start date of the term can only be applied to the following term (e.g., a January 11 registration can be applied only to the following loan term).
All students receiving student loans or grants are required to sign a Study Contract (or Payment Schedule for onsite students).
After registration, full-time status for distance courses is maintained by submitting assignments each month and submitting all coursework during the loan period in nine credits (the minimum required for full-time status). Loan documents and grants are not released past the study period midpoint without sufficient academic progress. Final examinations may be written after the loan period but before the course completion date as specified in the student’s welcome letter. Failure to submit assignments on a regular schedule throughout the loan period, or failure to submit all coursework by the end of the loan period, may be regarded as a “technical” withdrawal from full-time study even though a student does not formally withdraw.
This may result in a portion of the loan being placed in “over award” and becoming immediately repayable (“over award” portions of a grant are retroactively converted to an interest-bearing loan). Eligibility for further funds, interest-free status, and other privileges associated with full-time status may be affected.
Interest Relief Students who are required to begin repayment of their BC or Canada student loans but are unable to do so due to financial hardship may apply for interest relief through their lending institution (for risk-shared loans) or Student Loan Centre (for direct loans). Approval is based on financial need and can maintain the loans in interest-free status for up to three years (up to five years in some cases). Full-time Single Parents Bursary Endowment Fund Established by the CKNW Orphans’ Fund, this endowment provides funding to students who are single parents, have received the maximum student loan amount, and still have “unmet need.” Applicants must have successfully completed their last full-time term with BCOU.
BCOU Emergency Bridging Loan Fund This fund is used to provide short-term bridging loans to enrolled distance education students who incur unforeseen delays in their financing (normally student loans). Loans of up to $700, interest-free, are provided for a period of up to sixty days, provided the pending financing is guaranteed (e.g., an approved student loan) and assignable. These loans cannot be issued prior to the first day of a student’s study period.
FINANCIAL AID AND AWARDS 17 PHONE 604.431.3300 1.800.663.9711 Government of Canada’s Lifelong Learning Plan Canadian residents and/or their spouses can withdraw up to $10,000 per year from their Registered Retirement Savings Plan (RRSP) to finance full-time studies at post-secondary institutions, including BCOU.
Refer to the Canada Revenue Agency Website at . Other Sources of Assistance Other private bursaries and scholarships are available to students, and most are available to students registered in BCOU courses. Application procedures for these awards vary, and most have restrictions and conditions. Information is provided on the Web, e.g., at and .
Annual Awards and Bursaries Achievement awards are made to students who have an excellent academic record in their particular program or course, or who have contributed significantly to the community or to BCOU. Governor General’s Silver Medal This medal is awarded annually in recognition of academic excellence and is open to graduates of BCOU bachelor’s degree programs. To be considered for the award, students must have completed 24 of their 120 credits through BCOU and have a grade point average above 3.60. No application is required.
Governor General’s Collegiate Bronze Medal This medal is awarded annually in recognition of academic excellence and is open to graduates of any BCOU diploma program.
To be considered for the award, students must have completed 15 of their 60 credits through BCOU and have a grade point average above 3.60. No application is required. Certified General Accountants Award One award, consisting of a $750 tuition scholarship toward the fees in the professional education program of the Certified General Accountants Association of BC, is made annually to a top management studies diploma or degree graduate. Institute of Chartered Accountants Awards One award, consisting of a $1,000 credit toward the course and registration fees in the Advanced Certificate Program of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of BC, is made annually to a top management studies diploma or degree graduate.
This award is made available courtesy of the Chartered Accountants’ Education Foundation of BC.
Rosemary Keene Zonta Club Bursary Endowment Fund Established by the Zonta Club of Vancouver in memory of Rosemary Keene, this endowment provides annual bursaries to students pursuing a first credential in business and administrative studies or science and technology through BCOU. Awards are made once a year. Applicants for Part- time Student Assistance are considered for this bursary. No other application is necessary. Joanne Ellis Science Bursary Created in recognition of former OLA board chair Joanne Ellis, this bursary provides one award of up to $700 each January to a BCOU student pursuing science courses.
A recipient is chosen from the Part-time Student Assistance Applications received between November 1 and December 31. The award provides for all course costs and, where possible, other living expenses and/or childcare. Donald Weir Scholarship in Literature One award of one free course is made annually to student(s) achieving the highest standing in any of the 400-level BCOU English courses. Recipients are pursuing a BCOU Bachelor of Arts degree with either a major or a concentration in English and have completed a minimum of 12 BCOU credits. No application is required.